This reproduction of Antonio Canova's George Washington statue stands in the Capitol rotunda in downtown Raleigh. The original was commissioned by the state government and planned by Thomas Jefferson, but it was destroyed by fire in 1831. Xavier Salomon's new book "Canova's George Washington"  tells the story of what would have been one of the most important pieces of American sculpture.
This reproduction of Antonio Canova's George Washington statue stands in the Capitol rotunda in downtown Raleigh. The original was commissioned by the state government and planned by Thomas Jefferson, but it was destroyed by fire in 1831. Xavier Salomon's new book "Canova's George Washington" tells the story of what would have been one of the most important pieces of American sculpture. Josh Shaffer jshaffer@newsobserver.com
This reproduction of Antonio Canova's George Washington statue stands in the Capitol rotunda in downtown Raleigh. The original was commissioned by the state government and planned by Thomas Jefferson, but it was destroyed by fire in 1831. Xavier Salomon's new book "Canova's George Washington" tells the story of what would have been one of the most important pieces of American sculpture. Josh Shaffer jshaffer@newsobserver.com

If this NC statue had survived the fire of 1831, it would be one of the country's masterpieces

May 03, 2018 06:33 PM